Giant Azul is now available for preorder!

Don’t you hate the tiny games we are forced to play these days?  Well, Azul Giant is here for you!

I have been going to write a little about the Spiel des Jahres nominations for a little while now.  I haven’t played all of the games and was hoping to get some games in soon, but Next Move Games has forced my hand with the announcement of Azul Giant!

Azul Giant is a much, much larger version of last years’ runaway hit Azul.  How much bigger?  200{dfca638b9dbdbc1caf156b9b6679a983a965572ca56a786c9cf360ad3783820c} bigger.  Just look at the picture to the right – the original pieces are down the bottom.  That is a huge game.

If you don’t know Azul, it’s essentially a pattern making game.  The gameplay is simple – you pick a tile from the factory plates and add it to your collection.

The goal is to group tiles next to each other for maximum points. The unique aspect of the game is that you must have the exact number of tiles in a row .to score.  If you have extra tiles, they become negative points.  Think a leaner Ex Libris in terms of planning positions.

Azul Giant, with the 'normal' pieces at the very bottom for comparison

Winning the game really hinges on collecting all of the end game bonuses.  The bonuses themselves, like all aspects of the game, are pretty simple.  Simply collect five of one type of tile for ten points and complete columns for seven points.

The hard part is actually being able to do it 🙂  But you try again and again, and enjoy it almost every time.  Like Splendor, you go back to old games in your mind trying to work out where you could have done better.

So how do you get a copy of Azul Giant?  Preorder it from Next Move Games of course!

There is a small catch though.  Azul from Next Move Games own store costs USD$39.99.  Not a bad price at all, especially for the gameplay you get.  Now Azul Giant is 200{dfca638b9dbdbc1caf156b9b6679a983a965572ca56a786c9cf360ad3783820c} bigger, and probably a limited run, so it’s going to be expensive.

How much would you put on this?  I was thinking Azul Giant would be maybe USD$80-90 at the upper end.  Double the stuff, double the price?

It's so big, it literally comes in it's own briefcase!

Come on, how much would you pay for all this amazingness?  This is a celebratory special edition of Spiel des Jahres nominee Azul!

If you said USD$80, you would be wrong!  Sorry all you USD$90 bidders.  USD$100?  Oooh sorry, closer but no.  It’s 200{dfca638b9dbdbc1caf156b9b6679a983a965572ca56a786c9cf360ad3783820c} bigger, so USD$200?  You’re so funny.

Azul Giant can be yours soon for the low, low price of USD$299.99!  Plus Taxes and Shipping!

And that is where all interest in this amazing edition honestly lost me.  I don’t want to think about how much this is going to cost for shipping and all the rest of it on top of such a massive price.  I still regret not backing the Smallworld Designer’s Edition back in the day, but not even that can convince me to pay so much for Azul.

If you have the cash and love Azul, this is definitely going to be something for you.  But you have to really, really love Azul for Azul Giant to be a good buy for you.  You even lose one of the main points going for the game with this version – portability.  I can’t see many people taking Azul Giant as their carry on option while they are on holidays.

Ah well, we can always look and dream 🙂

Until next time,

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